To hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die. ( Psalm 102:20)

“One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us.”
Kurt Vonnegut

There are two separate, overlapping species of argument for and against the death penalty — the rational and the moral.  Jon Millward’s poingnant and oddly harrowing article  Death in Texas: Analyzing the Last Words of 478 Death Row Prisoners  sheds little light on the specifics of the debate but it does something just as important.  By humanizing the “victims” of this ancient ritual of justice, he provides a personal context for both sides of the debate, a debate that is far more comfortable to have in the abstract.

One could argue that sentimentalism has no place in serious discussion, but paring emotion from the debate removes the humanity.  Before taking a stance on something as fundamental as the taking of human lives, we are honour bound to learn all we can about the lives that we take.

– Δρακακις

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About Drakakis

Street Poet scribbling to your tired, your poor, your huddled masses; the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, the homeless, tempest-tost ...
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